#Wannacry #ransomware #cyberattack – an annotated infographic

Private companies and public services are recovering from the impact of Friday’s international cyber attack. The malware was found to exploit a vulnerability identified by the US National Security Agency (NSA), provoking debate over who is responsible for the attack. “WannaCry”, the bug responsible for the chaos, is a type of ransomware. Ransomware blocks access to data and demands a ransom to restore access. WannaCry has been demanding payments of $300 to $600 dollars in bitcoin to restore access to encrypted files, threatening to double the ransom after three days and delete the files after seven days. E&T news reported … Continue reading #Wannacry #ransomware #cyberattack – an annotated infographic

Flying cars take to the skies – the Jetsons dream is finally happening, people – an annotated infographic

A number of companies around the world are actively developing small, personal flying car-planes, many of which are able to take off and land vertically in order to beat urban traffic congestion and enable their owners to – literally – rise above the earth-bound commuting masses. Recently, E&T news reported that pre-orders opened for a $1m (£780,000) flying car set to launch in 2020, while German company Lilium has carried out a series of successful test flights for a flying taxi. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Flying cars take to the skies – the Jetsons dream is finally happening, people – an annotated infographic

IET events this May – #engineering and technology dates for your diary

Education and professional development is a key theme across many of the IET events taking place this month in the UK and beyond. Numerous courses and workshops are available throughout May, the majority of which are free of charge, giving you the chance to find out more about professional registration, improve your communication skills or perhaps getting the basics of project management under your belt. There are also some interesting technical visits to venues including Siemens Congleton and Air Salvage International, as well as more local and regional heats of the IET’s Present around the World competition. Finally, for apprentices … Continue reading IET events this May – #engineering and technology dates for your diary

Kazan, Russia’s most dangerous nuclear attack submarine – an annotated infographic

Russia has floated its newest nuclear-powered multi-purpose attack submarine. The launch of Kazan, considered a counterpart to U.S. Seawolf and Virginia-class, comes as Moscow claims its submarine fleet has increased combat patrols to levels last seen during the Cold War. The Kazan is the first upgraded Project 885M Yasen-class attack submarine. Equipped with eight vertical missile launchers, it can deliver Kalibr or Oniks anti-ship and land-attack cruise missiles – significant after Russian ships and submarines fired long-range missiles from the Caspian and the Black Sea into Syria in 2016. For the first time in Russian shipbuilding, the torpedo tubes are … Continue reading Kazan, Russia’s most dangerous nuclear attack submarine – an annotated infographic

#GreatBarrierReef off coast of #Australia hit by mass bleaching – an annotated infographic

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is suffering from another massive bleaching event, the first time in memory such episodes have hit in back-to-back calendar years. Experts fear the proximity of the two events gives the coral little chance to recover. Key areas of the Reef suffered severe coral bleaching in 2016 and 2017. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading #GreatBarrierReef off coast of #Australia hit by mass bleaching – an annotated infographic

Stream-ripping threatens music industry, as companies struggle to make streaming profitable – annotated infographics

As if a beleaguered music industry didn’t already have enough to contend with, the rise of streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, Pandora, Deezer and Tidal –  yes! even Tidal! – have changed the way many people listen to music. It has also brought about a new form of piracy, known as “stream ripping”. This new type of copyright infringement has overtaken conventional music download piracy. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. It’s not all days of wine and roses at the streaming companies, either. Spotify is the most successful streaming music service in the … Continue reading Stream-ripping threatens music industry, as companies struggle to make streaming profitable – annotated infographics

Fuels for life found on moon of Saturn – an annotated infographic

Nasa’s Cassini spacecraft has discovered hydrogen and carbon dioxide erupting in plumes of vapour from Saturn’s moon Enceladus. These are the critical organic chemical ingredients that sustain microbial life in extreme environments on Earth. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Fuels for life found on moon of Saturn – an annotated infographic